Iridium To Launch E Mobil Electric Motorhome: Charge While You Sleep


The eco-friendly camping solution comes due to teamwork by a consortium of German companies

The Iridium E Mobil could become the first all-electric motorhome.

Revealed as a team effort by a consortium of German companies, this eco-friendly solution might become a rather fetching idea for anyone that loves camping and is all in towards a fully electric future. The E Mobil is a result of a partnership between motorhome manufacturer WOF and EFA-S, an electric powertrain manufacturer, who will then jointly produce the vehicle.

If we could venture into predictions, the vehicle will probably utilize the EFA-S powertrain, while the rest of the build and final assembly, will be done by WOF in their own production facilities.

The Iridium E Mobil electric motorhome is slated to be unveiled at the Travel Fair CMT in Stuttgart next month. the vehicle is slated to go on sale shortly after. If they meet the 2019 timeline, this would make the E Mobil the first full-size all-electric motorhome to hit the market.

“It will not be a preliminary study, but customers can buy and drive this vehicle in 2019,”

The whole setup looks extremely well fitting towards a heavy laden motorhome. From the details released about the electric powertrain revealed by Golem, we can see that the vehicle will use a synchronous motor, powered by a lithium iron phosphate battery and the EFA-S self-developed battery management system.

According to the information revealed, the E Mobile electric motorhome is slated to have a range of around 200 kilometers (124 miles). Furthermore, the owners will be able to charge the vehicle through a conventional socket, through charging stations up to 22 kW or at CCS fast-charging stations with up to 50 kW. No further information about actual charging times has been revealed.

“These include a synchronous motor, a lithium iron phosphate battery and the EFA-S self-developed battery management system. The range of the motorhome should be at 200 kilometers. It is charged at the conventional socket, at charging stations up to 22 kW or at CCS fast-charging stations with up to 50 kW. How long it takes to charge the battery is not yet known.”

While there are some electric motorhome concepts out there, like Dethleffs’ e-home with 100 miles of range, none of them are anywhere near production. Yes, Nissan revealed an all-electric camper already, but since it’s based on the e-NV200 van, it can’t be considered a full-size motorhome yet.

For the most part, the 200 kilometers (124 miles) range might not sound great for most travelers. However, campers are not in a rush and that means spending a few days more at a higher number of camping sites doesn’t sound like a bad idea at all. After all, plugging it into the socket at a campsite will probably allow you a full charge through the night. And that, for most campers, will be more than enough power.

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We need a Tesla RV with real 200 + mile range.

Still waiting for the “The Elon-o-Box” Camper!

Come on Elon, bring the solar roof 200 kWh + Happy Camper EV!

You can get almost 200 mi with a P100D Model X hauling a small (ish) Airstream.

“However, campers are not in a rush”

No, but the distances in the “great western desert” can be quite far. I think you want at LEAST 200, maybe 300 miles, then yeah, I’m fine with sitting there for a couple days while it recharges. Man, give me that and I’m ready to sell the house and retire while touring the U.S. (south in the winter, north in the summer!).

AND… cover that dang roof with solar panels!

I have to agree. Solar panels on the roof may not make that much per day. But normally when I go camping I stay for a week at a single site. After a week I should see a good recharge percentage on the batteries.

This. Who wants to drive for 2hrs, assuming the range is accurate (cause it will only ever be less than stated in the real world) and then call it a day to set up for the night while this recharges? This is meant for touring and can’t take you anywhere meaningfulful before needing a boost.

How is it that the new Tesla roadster will have a range of ~600km and this being that size that it is has only 200km? Tons of space for batteries, I don’t get. I sincerely hope these come to market once they have ironed out these issues as I am hoping to get one myself, but 200km TOPS!! C’mon….

I agree Qwazy, what you say about range. The issue they have is weight. When building Sprinter vans into campers you quickly need to go to a 1 ton dually. We do add lithium batteries and roof solar to them but it’s for “off grid” camping, an EV would need far more, and the weight exceeds the vehicle rating. Some countries would also require a different driver’s license. I’m hopeful that more dense and lighter batteries will open up the possibilities.

Why? Cost. Batteries are expensive. I agree it needs more range but range especially for something as large and inefficient as an RV means a lot of cost. You can figure it needing about 1 to 1.5 kWh/mi. So 200 miles of range would be a 200 to 300 kWh battery pack. At $150/kWh that is $300K to $450K just for the battery.

I think a fast DC (as in 2x supercharger) nationwide network makes more sense for an RV. Drive 2 hours, charge, drive two more hours and camp.

30-45K, not 300-450K !!!

Agreed. I drove from east Texas to SoCa this past summer in my PHEV Pacifica. I confess that I have a strong “where does this road go?” mentality. I took more than a few “short cuts” that didn’t shorten the trip by much but moved us through beautiful parts of the country we would have otherwise missed.

Sadly, this part of the country has spotty gas station coverage and literally no EV charging outside of RV parks (and those were not as common as you might hope). I personally have about two decades before I can seriously consider full-time EV-RV. I hope that the charging situation improves in that time. As of this moment, you can choose between sticking to interstates and having more charging options; or avoiding interstates, keeping your speed down, and hoping you can find a place to charge.

Judging by my parents, 124 miles of range is not enough. They typically topped out at 400-500 miles per day, which would more than triple the time needed to get to their destination.

This is also without towing a tow car, which is kinda important when going anywhere for a time period of more than three days or so. Although this *is* a Class C, which generally is used for shorter trips and of shorter durations.

Finally, while most RV hookups are at least 30A to handle A/C and Microwaves, that 30A is at 120V so the amount of power that can be used for charging is halved over a L2 connection.

Great step forward, but not world-beating, yet.

That sounds about right that the range needs to be 400 miles or more. On the other hand I use legs, bikes or canoes to get around locally while camping.

Hopefully Tesla will address the issue of making an RV with some range. I would be interested in the Tesla mega pick up truck, which may have a 400 to 600 mile range. Use it to pull a spanked out travel trailer.

While the mileage is admittedly a bit short, this RV is being designed, and built in Europe for European vacationers where the trips are generally much shorter than we in the US, especially for those of us in the SW states area need.

200 km sounds great if you’re a Bavarian-forest-only camper, but it sure doesn’t get you very far away on your 3 day weekend. It certainly doesn’t get you anywhere in those huge western US states.

Now, if you could solve driving range, the boondocking ability would be killer! Talk about a great on board battery.

Here is NZ the fast-chargers are 100 kms apart. Likely this camper could go 2 hours, charge for one hour then go 2 hours again, and so on. In essence unlimited range with 20% approx speed loss compared to a diesel. nothing big to worry about. On most of the charging stops you would eat or shop. Easy

A 16ft ski boat is perfect for a fast moving river, or a day on the lake.
A sailboat is for a long ocean voyage or anchoring in a different harbor every night.
Using the right tool for the job is common sense, there are plenty of camping places that are only a hundred mile drive a day, I think I would choose a mini-van, Mercedes wagon, or a Tesla with autopilot for blasting across the continent, not hauling a house.
With roof panels and a network of camping spots with power, I could see something like this a perfect rental for a week in our National Parks, around the Olympic peninsula, the pacific coast etc:

Hey, not EVERYONE wants to go that far!
There are plenty of motor home owners who NEVER travel that far. Many places, there are hundreds and maybe a thousand places to go within that range.
Parents with children, etc. may for various reasons not want to go but short distances.
To each his own.
Your way does not have to be someone else’s way.